The Boyfriend Algorithm
A Geeklandia story
Technology is easy. Relationships? Not so much.
When introverted computer engineer Charlie Forrester developed a passive matchmaking model for her doctoral dissertation, she never expected it to go beyond theoretical. Now, with her dream job on the line, she has thirty days to prove her program’s accuracy. The only problem? She’s the test subject, and her stupid algorithm has chosen watchdog reporter Daniel Shawn, her childhood best friend-turned-nemesis, as her perfect partner.
Notorious for his relentless pursuit of technology fraud, Daniel’s reputation tanked when he fell victim to an online matchmaking con. When he discovers evidence of a scam reboot, he’s convinced it’s the perfect story to redeem his career.
Charlie has awkwardness down to a science, but a relationship with Daniel could mean more than simple humiliation. If he discovers her algorithm uses the same concepts as the sting that ruined him, he could destroy her professional credibility forever.
But as Charlie gradually emerges from her techno-cave, she realizes that being outed as the “Love Programmer” might be less devastating than actual love.
(The Boyfriend Algorithm is a retitled and slightly expanded edition of Lost in Geeklandia.)
I absolutely adored this read. The definitions of computer terminology that started each chapter were spot on and cracked me up….a fresh and fun lighthearted romance that will have you laughing out loud one minute and turning up the A.C. the next.
There’s awkward social encounters, the desire to stay home instead of going out, and more geek culture references than you can shake a joystick at. Charlie is DARLING; she’s so relatable, and the way EJ writes her you feel everything she’s feeling so viscerally. …The angst level was low and the fun level was high, and basically buy this book right now because you will love it so much.
You know it’s a good book if you can’t stop reading. Seriously, I keep telling myself just one more chapter because I need to work and before I know it, I’m in Chapter Eight, 1/3 of the way through the book! It’s that addictive and compelling.